Hornbill Unleashed

May 1, 2017

‘Reduce activities in Bengoh Dam to prevent pollution’

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Eco-tourism activities at Bengoh Dam near here need to be controlled to prevent the water resources at the dam from being polluted.

In view of this, Assistant Minister for Public Health Datuk Dr Jerip Susil said the state government will gazette the dam area in addition to coming up with a master plan to manage water resources there.

According to him, presently, the government is having difficulty to control eco-tourism activities there as the dam area has not yet been gazetted.

“The government did not arrange any eco-tourism programmes here (Bengoh dam) because it has not been gazetted…the activities being carried out are through the initiatives of several individuals. It is only after the gazette then the government can decide on the activities to be organised including eco-tourism.

“This is because the area is a water catchment area and we want to protect the water quality to ensure that it is not polluted. We must also protect trees surrounding the area to ensure that they are not felled because if this happens, the water level will be lower and this will make it hard for us to control it just like what happened at Empangan Semenyih, Selangor,” he said when met after officiating at the Pertubuhan Kebajikan Dayak Bersatu Sarawak (PKDBS) Kuching Division event at Kampung Simuti, Padawan here yesterday.

The Mambong assemblyman hoped that locals who were carrying out eco-tourism activities in the area would reduce them for safety and to ensure clean water at the dam.

“If possible, we do not want people to be carrying out activities there (Bengoh Dam) often because this will pollute the water. But for now, we cannot forbid them from doing so because the area has not been gazetted.

“However, everyone should know that this area is fully protected,” he remarked.

Bengoh Dam, which is located around 40km from the city, has a capacity of 144 million cubic meters and will produce a lake with a surface area of approximately 10km².

The project, costing over RM300 million, commenced in 2007 and was fully completed in January last year. With the completion of its impoundment in April, it was then handed over to the Public Works Department (JKR) in

August by the contractor Naim Land Sdn Bhd.

Since then, villagers from the affected villages namely Rejoi, Sembang, Taba Sait and Pain Bojong were relocated to the Bengoh Resettlement Scheme (BRS) and they have used the dam to carry out tourism activities.

This is in view of the beautiful scenery around the dam area including a scenic waterfall at the upstream of the dam which resulted in a homestay being constructed there due to its attraction.

Source : @ The Borneo Post Online


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